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Masters of Science in Visual Arts at MIT

The MIT Visual Arts Program (VAP) seeks committed, curious and creative students for the 2009-2010 academic year. This selective two-year program grants successful participants a Master of Science in Visual Studies (SMVisS) degree. Positioned within the MIT School of Architecture and Planning, the VAP offers a wealth of exploration and research opportunities in transdisciplinary relationships with programs and labs in the MIT community.

The MIT Visual Arts Program operates as a critical production- and education-based laboratory within the context of an advanced technological community. The programme explores the role of art in society and considers artistic practice as knowledge production, thus promoting an approach that challenges traditional genres and the limits of the gallery/museum context. Studio investigations and artistic research are realized through performance, sound and video, photography, interrogative design, as well as through experimental media and new genres. The programme also emphasizes art that engages public spheres, the production of space, networked cultures, and questions relating to the environment, gender, and social stratification. Students are encouraged to work individually or collectively to develop their own vision of artistic practice.

Artists/cultural producers with diverse backgrounds and experience interested in innovative transdisciplinary artistic practice and research at the intersection of art, culture, and technology are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is 15 December 2008, supporting materials will be accepted until 2 January 2009.

Contact information: Ed Halligan, Visual Arts Programme, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, N51-328, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA; tel.: +1 (617) 253-5229; e-mail: vap@mit.edu